Dubai: Pakistan and India are set to meet in a high-stakes Champions Trophy match on Sunday.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur on Saturday announced the team’s lineup for the June 4 Champions Trophy clash against India in England.
Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman have been dropped from the squad, leaving Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.
The coach said further changes to the team’s line-up would be made in light of the pitch and ground conditions ahead of the match.
“We have a lot of faith and a lot of confidence,” Arthur said while addressing a press conference in England.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that his players are trying to take no pressure and remain confident ahead of their high-profile and much-awaited clash against arch-rivals India in their Champions Trophy opener, which is slated to be held at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday.
“We are trying to stay relaxed and not take pressure. It is important to be relaxed and confident before every big game, to keep the nerves in check,” said Sarfraz.
Talking about the bowling combination he would like to go with against the Virat Kohli-led side, the 30-year-old said that they would unleash their best pace attack after reading the pitch on the match day.
“It depends on how the pitch looks before the game. We will unleash our best pace attack, maybe three or four fast bowlers if needed, or a combination of spin and pace,” Sarfraz said.
The wicket-keeper-batsman further vowed that his side would perform to the best of their abilities and make their country proud in the elite eight-nation tournament.
“You will see us playing to the best of our capabilities. You will see a fighting team. We will do our best to make our country proud,” the ODI skipper said.